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Morning Tailgate: Sept. 14

Posted by Alex Espinoza on September 14, 2012 – 11:27 AM

In case you didn’t get enough of the season-opening 49ers victory at Lambeau Field, team photographer Terrell Lloyd and Kym Fortino collaborated to create this eye-popping photo gallery. But the focus around team headquarters is now on the Detroit Lions, who will visit Candlestick Park on Sunday night for the 49ers home opener.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle spoke to 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman about his inspiration for using seven offensive linemen for select plays. As it turns out, Roman adopted the formations during a coaching stint at an East Coast high school.

“In a league filled with sophisticated offense and intricate chess matches,” Branch writes, “the 49ers occasional here-comes-a-run message, Alex Boone said, is straight out of high school.”

Today’s Morning Tailgate features Madden 13 headlines and a look ahead to the Detroit matchup. Those stories and more after the jump.

Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group points out that San Francisco holds an 8-2 record against Madden cover boys in the past. Detroit star Calvin Johnson, who is featured on this year’s Madden 13 video game cover, is expected to command plenty of attention from the 49ers secondary.

CSNBayArea.com shares a video from EA Sports highlighting the Madden 13 user statistics from Week 1 of the NFL season. The 49ers were the most popular team nationwide, with nearly 400,000 games played.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee discusses the relationship between Alex Boone and Leonard Davis on the offensive line. Barrows: “Boone this year has joined Anthony Davis in adding an element of feistiness to the offensive line. His attitude figured into the good grades he got from coaches after his first ever regular season start Sunday in Green Bay.”

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com analyzes statistics and predicts the 49ers won’t be using fourth cornerback Perrish Cox as much as they used him in Week 1 vs. the Packers. Maiocco: “Perrish Cox, the 49ers’ fourth cornerback, was in on 76-percent of the plays. Cox mostly replaced linebacker Patrick Willis in the 49ers’ “dime” defense, which calls for six defensive backs. This week, Cox figures to see a dramatic reduction in play time, as the Lions will use two tight ends as much as they play three wide receivers.”

Barrows also wrote about the lofty expectations Vernon Davis has set for himself. Barrows: “He’s the last player off the practice field, and he comes in on his days off to snag balls from the JUGS machine. When he’s not on the field during practice, he’s off on a side field working with a quarterback, a trainer, anyone he can corral to throw him a pass.”

Barrows notes the role of the developmental squad players and backups in preparing the first-string 49ers. Barrows: “Cornerback Carlos Rogers said he and his fellow defenders had no surprises from Aaron Rodgers and the Packers on Sunday, and for that he credited defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and the scout-team offense.”

Inman takes a look at the number of “firsts” that occurred at Lambeau Field and lists a number of other milestones that can be reached by the 49ers later this season. Inman: “NaVorro Bowman had his first career interception, Carlos Rogers his first sack, Alex Boone his first start and David Akers, well, his first 63-yard field goal. Here are other ‘firsts’ remaining on the 49ers’ horizon.”

49ers.com recapped a busy day of news at team headquarters with a look at Frank Gore’s unique running style, a breakdown of the Detroit matchup from Roman and Vic Fangio, the evolution of Aldon Smith and reaction from the Red and Gold Rally in San Francisco. The latest Niner Talk podcast also features NaVorro Bowman discussing his close relationship with Patrick Willis.

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67 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Sept. 14”

  1. By bow9ers53 on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    were hitting on all cylinders right now,defense , offense and special teams, this franchise is going on the right direction, can’t hardly wait for the game at the stick on sunday night,i’m not worried about lions coming in & beating us, will surely are darn good & ready for this game, i’m worried about the handshake 2……

  2. By Basil on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    I sure our offense will just keep getting better as the season rolls on, but our defense Man these guys are something else! Can they posable get better .. ? and no more waiting for the other shoe to drop. Yes life is good in Niner land, eh?
    (((((((((((((((((((( Who Has It Better Than Us?))))))))))))))))))))))
    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOBODY!

  3. By Temper on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    Check out this article…

    http://www.csnchicago.com/xfinity/Cutler-pointing-fingers-but-no-thumb?blockID=773063&feedID=661

  4. By Temper on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    testing… i have more to say here… posts aren’t coming through…

  5. By Temper on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    sometimes I hate this freaking blog!

  6. By Basil on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    I’ve just lost 5 of 6 maybe this one as well ??

  7. By Temper on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    yeah… I tried about 10 times too… just gave up. I have no doubt however that this post will make it through. So frustrating.

  8. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    team looked good and alex was not just watching the game from the best seat …lets hope it stays that way …

  9. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    obvious the team has practiced for greenbay since the schedule came out …lets hope it keeps up …they looked real good …way better than last year

  10. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    be better than the last day is all i ask …..keep working and stay smart and aware what the other team is trying to do

  11. By gary potter on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    thanks coach you are a real jewel. why the change of heart, or is this to lull us to sleep.?? this is first post where there is nothing negative about AS, hard to believe coming from you

  12. By Basil on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    gary, ya gotta be careful ” or is this to lull us to sleep.?? ” YES!

    J-11 “they looked real good …way better than last year”
    WAY BETTER THEN LAST YEAR ? How in the hell do you compare one game against 18? play by play ? Wait theres more! “obvious the team has practiced for greenbay since the schedule came out” and green bay didn’t have the schedule?

  13. By Basil on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    J-11 what did you have for breakfast, a bowl of stupid ? If you were my son I’d shot his mother!
    Please go someplace else and thrill others with your wisdom, ahhh you’re just too quick and sharp for us, eh? Like this here
    “.keep working and stay smart and aware what the other team is trying to do” WOW! now thats an idea, you come up with that all by your self, did ya? eh, did ya?
    Now come-on ,, come back at me! nitwit!

  14. By bow9ers53 on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    yeah, j-11 just ease up w/alex cuz’ his just gonna be fine, watch him throw those touch down this sunday night, then will talk….next day….

  15. By Basil on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    rjd: Ginn Jabcos, not likely toplay!

    http://blogs.sacbee.com/49ers/archives/2012/09/ginn-jacobs-unlikely-to-play-against-lions.html

  16. By ace on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    and vernon davis wow can anybody say enuff about him now ?

  17. By ace on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    and while the niners are playing at a very high level right now, any team can beat you on sunday, if you let them, so we go out and play like we know we can, total team effort on sunday, we will win every sunday when we play like that, GOOOOOOOO NINERS !!! SUPERBOWL !!!

  18. By ace on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    poof

  19. By rjdniner on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    BASILE With the depth we got and the coaching staffs we’ll be ok .I try not to get too excited before each game. And thanks for the info .

  20. By Basil on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    hmmm J-11 what are we gonna do with just the one week to practice for the Lions?
    “obvious the team has practiced for greenbay since the schedule came out “

  21. By ace on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    “team looked good and alex was not just watching the game from the best seat …lets hope it stays that way” …soooo you mean he actually helped us win ? gee thats nice of you

  22. By Basil on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    Normally a team could get too high after a big win like we had, but not with our coaching staff, what we do now and haven’t done for a while … is play too with Consistency, and I love it!
    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONINERS!

  23. By ace on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    and what do you mean by the team and alex ? you meant to say the captan of the forty niners #11 alex smith right ?

  24. By Basil on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    rjd, yeah we have a lot of talent, but we sure could use the both of them. Jacobs 265lb’s and Ginn’s Speed! I understand what you’re saying but these 2 players are a very important part of our team ……………….. I’m just saying!

  25. By ace on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    and hopefully “11″ ur mom is no longer able to reproduce, cuz basill and i would not allow for that to happen !!!

  26. By niners fan. on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    the niners are brutal,offence and deffence, i dont see a let down vs, lions at all, special teams will lite it up this week, goooooo niners

  27. By rjdniner on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    Basil I can remember when we didn’t have the talent or the coaching staff, but now we’ve got players that can step in and perform and not miss a beat, Granted I would like to see them play this Sunday night, but remember were going to need them when we start our divisional games . Go 49ers.

  28. By Basil on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    rjd, you’re right and I’m not arguing, (BUT) we just need these guys !
    ace thats a sick thought Mrs J-11 reproducing why thats against the very laws of nature, or as Bill the cat might say ack, ack!

  29. By Basil on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    not to worry ace I took care of it, I found the tube and broke it!

  30. By Basil on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    Fun read, if you haven’t read it already !
    “Sunday’s season-opening win atGreen Baybrought with it a lot of career firsts for the 49ers.”

    >> http://blogs.mercurynews.com/49ers/2012/09/14/bowmans-first-career-int-rogers-first-sack-just-start-of-other-firsts-left-to-conquer/ <<

  31. By Basil on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    Brandon Jacobs’ is the Giants’ all-time leader with 56 rushing touchdowns over the previous seven seasons.
    Whats that 8td’s a year? Oh-yeah we can use him I understand that we have to talent to step up do the job. But just think about adding him to our offense WOW, its hard to figure out just how good this team can be. As I’ve posted a few times before, I’ve quite trying to second guess our coaches. Its just amazing the show these guys put on, there just doesn’t seem to any loose ends, they just seem to have everything covered!

  32. By jeromy on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    Basil, what did you mean by “the offense looks good” like you are surprised, everyone on the offense is exceptional except AS, otherwise this could be one of the best all around teams ever in the history of football

  33. By ace on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    im with ya basil im super excited for jacobs to get back on the field,ofcourse you know what the gaints did with him and what we’ll do r diff, he might have more than 8 tds a year im just saying, gooooooooooo niners !!!

  34. By jeromy on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    Alex “the bust” Smith

  35. By ace on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    jeromy really oterwise ur an idiot im sorry, but alex smith is the captan and awesome qb of the forty niners !!!, get used to saying his name !!!

  36. By ace on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    alex smith touchdown to >> moss, to crabtree >>to davis >>>> to gore >>to manningham, and on and on and on

  37. By ace on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    and that hit on jacobs knee looked like spearing to me, how is hitting him in the knee with ur helmet there, not an accident not called ?

  38. By jeromy on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    Alex is a subpar piece to an above par picture

  39. By jeromy on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    sesame street, “which one of these things does not belong? ALEX

  40. By jeromy on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    the only bad thing is that the rest of the team is sooooooooooo good, YOUwill not know how bad he is until its over, poor slow stupid fans!!! get a brain, hes a bust!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  41. By Basil on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    “what did you mean by “the offense looks good” ”
    Yeah thats a tough one …. I wasn’t trying to confuse you .. !

  42. By ace on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    are you kidding me ? alex smith did his job and them some sunday,wait till sunday nite, when he throws more touchdowns and no int/s then what ?

  43. By Basil on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    WOW J-11 getting tired are ya, seem to be a bit b!tchie, ohhh
    I know da baby wants some attention does the baby … ?

  44. By Basil on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    don’t let the little punk get to ya ace. he’s just being a little baby he’s just trying to get some attention. What a little dork he is nothing he says make sense, check this out!
    “everyone on the offense is exceptional except AS, otherwise this could be one of the best all around teams ever in the history of football”

  45. By rjdniner on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    Ace you’ve been watching football for a long time right that hit on Jacobs knee was a clean hit the guy could’ve been trying to tackle him with his shoulder pads, and during the next game watch the ref, s and try to understand what they have to do for a live and dead ball situation. Basil I know how you broke that tub you ran over it with your john deer.

  46. By ace on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    ur right except for the part where he launched himself like a mislle at jacobs knee with his head, and stop saying jacobs as giants touchdown leader, hes ours now lol, cant wait

  47. By #1 D-FENSE 2012 on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    heading out to ‘da ‘stick,, j pole in the parking lot,kerry adam,mario big eric,see you guys soon,,, we bout to tame us some lions,,,

  48. By rjdniner on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    Ace I do believe you’re getting mixed up about whose saying what on this blog, never said anything about Jacobs being giants TD leader that was basil , and no it was not spearing granted the helmet did hit the knee ,the refs have a tough time as it is watching there keys and worrying about the player safety …

  49. By Basil on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    My ears are ringing ….. hell I only said that once man. And I thought that was searing as well, but then that was preseason and that doesn’t count ,, hey, hey I’m just being sarcastic!
    Fans a little nerves, eh?
    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONINERS!

    ps: saints getting clocked, gotta love it?

  50. By Basil on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    ahhhh And I thought that was spearing, make more sense, eh?

  51. By Basil on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    I felt the the nfc-w would be better this year but zone 20 – 9 over the Pats ,, gotta love it, any nfc- w win over a east coast
    team just makes us all better ? yeah okay its not over !

  52. By rjdniner on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    How many times in a game do we see a DB lounge at a ball carrier to try and slow him down and we’ve all seen what can happen? It going to be a dog fight in our div after watching the highlights, Arizona –Pats game. Lions are going to throw the deep ball first you watch in the first few minutes to test or deep coverage. Go 49er,s

  53. By Basil on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    Wow: Josh Morgan our ex WR could well have just cost the skins the game, well if not him then the officials did, they were real bad!

    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONINERS!

  54. By ace on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    sorry i wasnt specific , i was talking to both of you, or just anyone who loves to talk about the niners here, cuz thats what we do lol,GOOOOOOOO NINERS !!!

  55. By Basil on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONIONERS! Yes!

  56. By Basil on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    Chill dude !

  57. By ace on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    im not really a fan of rules like that, i understand they want to “protect” players, so if thats the case throw the freaking flag when you see a helmet cause an injury to a player,cuz im pretty sure one of my fav players ever #42 r lott would have been called a lot if that rule had been used like it is (or isn’t) today. yes ? no ?

  58. By ace on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    sorry it upsets me when our players get hurt, but we really do have amazing depth that is the envy of the league right now, GOOOOOO NINERS !!!

  59. By Basil on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    talk about a off game, really surprise to see this! Now we get to see how coach using halftime to get our guys on track, Just because they gonna to play this way doesn’t mean that we have
    too.
    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONINERS!

  60. By Basil on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    as long as we win its all good, eh?
    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONINERS!

  61. By gary potter on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    poof to you freakin blog manager

  62. By KDB on Sep 17, 2012 | Reply

    Hi there Jeromyyyyyyyyy,

    I see you have yet to grow up. Is that what was taught at your ELECTIVE summer football camp with Jerry Sandusky?

    Brain Damage, both ends, is that it?

    Bye Bye Now Little Kid.

  63. By KDB on Sep 17, 2012 | Reply

    Also I will not be here no more because I see no growth from some IDIOTS.

    At some point you have to say I give.

    In any case love most of you.

    GO NINERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  64. By ace on Sep 17, 2012 | Reply

    yes we win again, nice to see manningham get his number called on that reverse

  65. By Basil on Sep 17, 2012 | Reply

    ………… ALEX SMITH ……… am I right?

  66. By Basil on Sep 17, 2012 | Reply

    KDB not very funny

  67. By Basil on Sep 17, 2012 | Reply

    what I’m thinking is that we should get Randy Moss involved in the game plan more. He’s being a real teammate and he’s done a lot to help Crabtree out, according to Crabtree, eh!

    yes we have a lot of talent, but with that being said ,, we need
    both Ginn and Jocobs back in the lineup!

    ALEX SMITH took a hit to the Nose, not to be outdone by his man Staley ,,, mondays are fun again, eh?

    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONINERS!

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